Graphic Design Certificate

Graphic Design Certificate

The Certificate of Achievement in Graphic Design provides opportunities for the student to develop fluency in contemporary graphic design issues and techniques. The emphasis of the program is on creative problem-solving abilities, along with an introduction to design techniques and principles.

Students will acquire the basic skills necessary to enter many growing, professional fields. Learn software skills used in the production of graphic design deliverables for clients. Opportunities exist in advertising, print publishing, web publishing, mobile and desktop application design, and corporate communication.

This program has more training and units related to graphic design than the graphic arts programs emphasizes. The classes in the core requirements should be taken in the general order that they are listed.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be proficient in creating graphic design deliverables.
  • Students will be proficient in current software packages used in graphic design production.
  • Students will produce communication materials for clients that are appropriate and effective.
To earn this certificate, students must meet the following requirements: 
  1. Complete all required certificate courses with a C (or P) or better.
  2. Complete at least 1/3 of the program courses at Mission College to establish residency.


  • Requirements here apply to the current catalog year and are subject to change.  Visit DegreeWorks in My Mission Portal to view requirements based your catalog year.
  • Not all classes are offered each semester.

Required Core Courses:

Code Class Units
GDS 035 Graphic Design I (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 064 Introduction to Adobe Photoshop (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 062 Digital Illustration with Adobe Illustrator (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 061 Page Layout (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 065 Typography (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 045 Web Design and Development 1 (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 055A Design Agency and Branding (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 070 User Experience, Interface, and Multimedia Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 067 Graphic Design II (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 084 Portfolio Production Studio (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 085 Professional Portfolio and Design Career Preparation (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
Plus one (1) additional course from the following:

Courses may not be used to satisfy elective requirements if they have already been used to satify core curriculum requirements

Code Class Units
GDS 067 Graphic Design II (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 084 Portfolio Production Studio (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 072 Digital Imaging and User Interface Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 056 Presentation Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 080 Packaging Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 076 Emerging Trends in Interaction Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 077 Interactive Projects & Explorations in UXD (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 081 Motion Graphics (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 073 Digital Photography (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 074 Digital Video Production 1 (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 011 The History of Modern Design (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
GDS 012 History of Photography (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
GDS 015 Photo-Media and Social Change (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
GDS 039A 3D Animation and Modeling (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 046 Web Design and Development 2 (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 047 Web Animation (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 031A Drawing (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 031B Intermediate Drawing (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 033A Basic Design: Two-Dimensional (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 033B Basic Design: Three-Dimensional (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 034A Introduction to Digital Art (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0

Units Required

Total Required Units 33.0
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Career/Transfer Opportunities

Career opportunities include the following: commercial art, print production, web production, graphic arts production, as well as print and electronic publishing.

Career Opportunities in Graphic Design

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